All island residents should know about these stickers, and island visitors might be interested in knowing about them also. In the event of an emergency (primarily a major hurricane that prompts a mandatory evacuation of Ocracoke Island) county officials want to limit immediate access back to the island after the event. Experience has shown that residents generally need several days for clean up (cutting and removing fallen trees, retrieving personal items, powerwashing steps and porches, etc.) and repair (replacing missing shingles and broken glass, fixing damaged boats and outboard motors, etc.). The electric company needs time to repair wires, transformers, and other equipment in order to restore power. Governmental organizations may need days to repair roads, bridges, ferry docks, campground facilities, etc. And it takes several days for delivery trucks to resume services to the island.
The county issues reentry stickers to residents who can provide a valid North Carolina driver's license and vehicle registration with an Ocracoke address. If these items show only a PO Box, a tax or utility bill with a physical address is needed. Non-resident owners of improved Ocracoke property are eligible for a reentry sticker by presenting proof of property ownership and a tax or utility bill.
If you qualify for reentry stickers you can obtain them at the Ocracoke Community Center on the following days:
- Wednesday, May 19, 4pm - 7pm
- Thursday, May 20, 1pm - 4pm
- Friday, May 21, 9am - 12pm
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter celebrates colorful islander Don Wood (1936-1998). You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news042610.htm.